Termite season is still going on, and pest management experts believe East Texas is a hotspot for these pests. That’s why termite and pest control in Longview, Tx needs to be handled by professionals, like the experts at The Bug’s End.
Sadly, even if you don’t have termites today, you most likely will have to deal with them at some point. But let’s get proactive with some pest control tips to help you to lessen the chances.
Termites can enter your home in a variety of ways, like through your plumbing and your foundation wall (particularly if it’s a pier and beam.)
When you are out tending to flowerbeds and beautifying your home, remember that you don’t want the mulch to pile up directly next to your house. You should be able to view your slab for a few inches all the way around.
Termites don’t require much space to enter your property. They simply require a quarter of an inch, which is around the width of a fingernail. If you think you have a termite infestation, get an inspection right away. You might be asking yourself what a termite looks like. Although termites can resemble ants, the fundamental distinction is that an ant’s body is segmented, with the head, abdomen, and thorax, whereas a termite’s body is not; it’s just one body.
In East Texas, there are 10 to 12 colonies of termites per acre, with millions of termites in every colony. So for everyone you see, you can safely assume that there are many that you don’t. It’s best to consult a professional as soon as possible when you think you may have an infestation.
One common misconception is that there’s nothing to worry about during the winter months, but that’s simply not true. Termites do not die in the winter. They can be active all year, especially in states with hotter climates like Texas. As we approach the fall season, it’s vital to remember that termites are still a problem in East Texas and that households should make efforts to prevent them.
Termites can be active all year.
Termites, whether workers or soldiers have a two-year lifetime. This means that as winter comes, they aren’t dying off as quickly, and your termite problem isn’t going away. Termites hunt and search for food (as well as defend their queen) all year. Queens have been known to survive for up to two decades, so if they start a colony in your home, they will be there for a long time if nothing is done to stop them. Termites will burrow deep into the ground to stay warm and survive in cold areas or during unusually cold spells in Texas. They will continue to do damage in a warm home if they have established a colony inside wood as long as they have a food source.
Termite activity differs little in the fall from late spring and early summer. Early in the year, mating and colony expansion to satellite colonies away from the main colony is more common. A colony is usually fully established in your home by the fall. Rather than looking for swarms, look for the more subtle signals of a colony that has already established itself. Old dead, abandoned wings, mud tubes surrounding your foundation or basement, or wood shavings are all signs to search for. If the colony has grown large enough and caused enough damage, you may notice bowing in your walls or flooring, as well as hear termite movement.
Termites are not a nuisance that can be dealt with by homeowners using home remedies. You should seek the advice of a termite prevention and treatment specialist. We have just that at Innovative Pest Control. We’ll check your East Texas house with you and help you eliminate termite infestations (if you have them) or avoid them (if you don’t). We use the Sentricon® System, which is non-invasive and environmentally safe. This technique destroys termites and creates a barrier that prevents them from returning. Termites are a year-round problem in Texas, so it’s not too late to contact us at The Bug’s End. For more information on this type of infestation, and to find out how much termite treatment cost, LEARN MORE here!